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Cherish the Ladies

Feb 27

Cherish the Ladies 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

“It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do,” says the Boston Globe speaking of Cherish the Ladies, the long-running, Grammy-nominated, Irish-American super group that formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene and has since toured the world, played the White House and the Olympics, recorded 15 outstanding albums including their latest, “An Irish Homecoming” which was also videotaped for an Emmy winning Public Television Special that is airing across America.


Bolshoi Ballet: The Taming of the Shrew (Broadcast in HD)

Feb 25

Bolshoi Ballet: The Taming of the Shrew (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

Many suitors dream of marrying the lovely and docile Bianca, including Luciento. However her father will not let anyone marry her before her elder sister, the ill-tempered shrew Katharina, is herself married. French choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot lands a coup with his adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy tailored specifically to the Bolshoi dancers, and achieves a magnetic two hours of breathtaking, nonstop dance unlike any other, portraying the Bolshoi’s audacity and energy in a completely new way. This new production was staged exclusively for the Bolshoi and cannot be seen anywhere else!


MET OPERA: Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Encore)

Feb 21

MET OPERA: Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Encore) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Bizet’s gorgeous opera of lust and longing set in the Far East returns to the Met stage for the first time in 100 years. Soprano Diana Damrau stars as Leïla, the beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand. Her suitors are tenor Matthew Polenzani and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, who sing the lilting duet “Au fond du temple saint,” which opera fans know and adore. Director Penny Woolcock explores the timeless themes of pure love, betrayal, and vengeance in a production that vividly creates an undersea world on the stage of the Met. Conductor Gianandrea Noseda brings his romantic flair to the lush score from the composer of Carmen.


Doo Wop Explosion: A Night of Acappella Harmony

Feb 20

Doo Wop Explosion: A Night of Acappella Harmony 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

Born on the street corners of urban America, rhythm & blues and doo wop singing reached its peak in the 1950’s, but still has a strong following today. While doo wop singing began as an African American art form, by the late 1950’s it was enjoyed by singers of all races. Doo wop harmony in its purist form is acappella (without instrumentals). We’ve assembled six of the top acappella doo wop vocal groups from NYC to Philadelphia, plus a couple special guests. Choice hails from Jersey City and has been singing for 35 years. Their video recently went viral attracting 6 million views. The Tee-Tones formed on the streets of Brooklyn and fine tuned their harmonies in the tunnels of the NYC subway system. They’ve since appeared on Good Morning America and ABC World News Tonight. The versatile group, Quiet Storm, has developed a huge following in the Philadelphia area. Called “Storm Chasers,” their fans follow them from concert to concert. Frankie and the Fashions are a Philadelphia acappella group whose origins reach back to the 1960's. They've recorded several CD's and are well known for their popular signature song, "What Do I Have To Do". The popular Piscataway NJ group, Re-MemberThen, has the distinction of twice winning the acappella showdowns at the Meadowlands. The Vic Donna Group is known for their tight intricate harmonies of obscure R&B and Doo Wop collectors sides and original material. Vic, himself, has been singing since 1956. Over the years, he's been backed on record by such noted groups as the Fi-Tones, Parakeets, Cadillacs, Sharps, Compliments and Angels. The Vic Donna Group has recently added a couple new singers with a lot of previous experience. As a special guest, we welcome Larry Chance of the Earls. Larry is an internationally known doo wop star who has agreed to sing acappella for us, backed by Re-MemberThen. By way of a big screen video, we'll have De'Sean Dooley, grandson of the Orioles Sonny Til, singing Orioles songs backed by Quiet Storm.


National Theatre Live: Hamlet (Encore Screening)

Feb 18

National Theatre Live: Hamlet (Encore Screening) 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly awaited production live to cinemas. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.


World Cinema Series: When We Leave

Feb 17

World Cinema Series: When We Leave 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

Feo Aladag's "When We Leave" (2010) (unrated). Umay is a young woman of Turkish descent, fighting for an independent and self-determined life in Germany against the resistance of her family. Her struggle initiates a dynamic, which results in a life-threatening situation.

Free Event


Heidi Rose Performance Artist in Mirror Image and Twin

Feb 17

Heidi Rose Performance Artist in Mirror Image and Twin 

Hawk TV Studios - 4:30 PM

Mirror Image: Two cousins are born five months apart to identical twin mothers. Shaped by their mothers’ careers as 1950s pop singers, these women both complement and contradict one another as their lives unfold. Mirror Image reveals a life and relationship that now exist only in dreams, memories… and on stage. Twin: Identical twin girls each have a personality that is in some ways too big for their bodies. Too big to control. Too big to contain. They have lived their whole lives off-balance. Would they have been better proportioned had the egg not split? This performance is presented as a work in progress.

Free Event


Bolshoi Ballet: The Lady of the Camellias

Feb 14

Bolshoi Ballet: The Lady of the Camellias 

Pollak Theatre - 3 PM

A young bourgeois, Armand Duval, falls madly in love with Marguerite Gautier, a gorgeous courtesan celebrated by the Parisian high society. Despite her infidelity, Armand will do all he can to win the beautiful woman’s heart and convince her to leave her indulgent life. The Bolshoi breathes new life into John Neumeier's tragic masterpiece, inspired by Alexandre Dumas' novel and accompanied by Chopin's exquisite score. This production assumes a new emotional and dramatic texture that only the Bolshoi’s dancers can deliver. “Neumeier’s character-rich ballet has found a company that is equal to its challenges” –Financial Times


On Screen In Person: The Winding Stream

Feb 12

On Screen In Person: The Winding Stream 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

The Winding Stream tells the story of the American roots music dynasty, the Carters and the Cashes, tracing the influence of their music from the 1920s through the present day, and how a seemingly unlikely young man named Johnny Cash would be the one to lift up the Carter legacy from obscurity. An intimate account of reciprocity and love, The Winding Stream features interviews and performances with roots music practitioners, including one of the last interviews ever granted by Johnny Cash.

Free Event


LA Theatreworks: Dracula

Feb 11

LA Theatreworks: Dracula 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

After wowing audiences with their unique live radio theater style in last year’s adaptation of “In the Heat of the Night”, L.A. Theatre Works returns to the Pollak stage in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Count Dracula slips quietly into Victorian London with a cargo of his native Transylvanian soil, necessary for rest between his victims. The city seems helpless against his frightful power, and only one man, the smart and resourceful Dr. Van Helsing, can stop the carnage. But to do this, he must uncover the vampire's lair and pierce Dracula’s heart with a wooden stake- setting up an epic confrontation of good vs evil. Over the years, the story of Dracula has been used as commentary in modern studies of psychology, women’s issues, and colonialism, while never losing its place as one of the greatest horror stories ever told. This gothic horror is a classic for all time and has spawned hundreds of spin-offs in popular culture from Twilight to True Blood.


NJ MoCA Art Conversations: The Intersection of Technology and Contemporary Art

Feb 10

NJ MoCA Art Conversations: The Intersection of Technology and Contemporary Art 

Wilson Auditorium - 7 PM

The world of contemporary visual art is often intimidating, challenging, and seemingly unapproachable. To help break those perceptions and barriers, New Jersey Museum of Contemporary Art will present “Art Conversations,” a series of three scholar-led panel talks that will provide context and insight into what defines contemporary art, its transformational trends, and its relevance and impact on society. The highly credentialed and charismatic United Nations journalist Alexandra King will moderate conversations with art critics, collectors, curators, technology producers, and artists. This panel will focus on the influence and incorporation of breaking technologies on contemporary art. Panelists will include Zachary Kaplan, Atif Akin, and Andrew Demirjian

Free Event


The Fifth Beatle: The Untold Story of the Jew Who Made the Beatles by Vivek J. Tiwary

Feb 8

The Fifth Beatle: The Untold Story of the Jew Who Made the Beatles by Vivek J. Tiwary 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

The Jewish Cultural Studies Program at Monmouth University presents a talk "The Fifth Beatle: The Untold Story of the Jew Who Made the Beatles" by Vivek J. Tiwary the #1 New York Times bestselling author, a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer, and the founder of multi-platform arts and entertainment company Tiwary Entertainment Group. Vivek’s graphic novel The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, based on the untold life story of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein, received worldwide critical acclaim and won a number of prestigious literary awards including the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best Reality-Based Work and two Harvey Awards including Best Original Graphic Novel. It is a Lambda Literary Finalist for Best LGBT Graphic Novel, an American Library Association Great Graphic Novel for Teens, and has been added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives Permanent Collection. The Fifth Beatle is now being adapted into a feature film that has secured unprecedented access to Beatles music. Vivek is writing its screenplay and will serve as a producer.

Free Event


Dracula Blood Drive

Feb 4

Dracula Blood Drive 

Anacon Hall - 12 PM

In conjunction with our performance of LA Theatreworks' Dracula on Feb. 11, we are co-hosting a blood drive with the Central Jersey Blood Center. Blood donors will receive half price tickets to the February 11 performance. To schedule an appointment sign up in the student center on January 27 and 28th from 12-5 at the information booth, call the Central Jersey Blood Center at 732.842.5750 ext 241 or 264 or visit http://bit.ly/22HgXPZ

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National Theatre Live: Jane Eyre (Broadcast in HD)

Feb 4

National Theatre Live: Jane Eyre (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

Almost 170 years on, Charlotte Brontë’s story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms. From her beginnings as a destitute orphan, Jane Eyre’s spirited heroine faces life’s obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart. This acclaimed re-imagining of Brontë's masterpiece was first staged by Bristol Old Vic last year, when the story was performed over two evenings. Director Sally Cookson now brings her celebrated production to the National, presented as a single, exhilarating performance.


Taylor 2

Jan 31

Taylor 2 

Pollak Theatre - 4 PM

Established in 1993, this six-member company brings Paul Taylor’s dances to venues of any size with all the artistry of the world renowned choreographer’s work – representing the wide range of athleticism, humor and emotion found in his work. In selecting repertoire for Taylor 2, Mr. Taylor chooses dances that span the broad spectrum of his career. Several of the dances performed by Taylor 2 have been re-worked from the Paul Taylor Dance Company’s version to enable the smaller ensemble of dancers to perform them.